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Shoppers sign up to campaign to reduce premature deaths in Barnet
Shoppers have signed up to a health campaign aimed at reducing the risk of premature deaths in Barnet.
Staff at BMI The Garden Hospital in Hendon set up their Big Health Pledge roadshow at Brent Cross Shopping Centre last week.
The team encouraged shoppers to sign up to one of five pledges that could help prevent the development of the UK’s top five causes of preventable death, including cancer, heart disease and stroke, lung disease and liver disease.
The pledges included improving your diet, giving yo smoking, being more active, drinking less alcohol and being more "health aware".
Between 2009 and 2011 Barnet was ranked 16th out of 150 local authorities for premature deaths in England after 2,132 people died young.
The borough was 21st out of 150 local authorities for cancer deaths, with 98 deaths per 100,000 people, tenth in England for heart disease and stroke, with 46 deaths per 100,000 people, and 21st out of 149 for lung disease, with 17 deaths per 100,000 people.
Barnet also came top 13 out of 149 local authorities for liver disease with ten deaths per 100,000 people.
To get involved in the Big Health Pledge go to www.bmibighealthpledge.co.uk
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